I was not waiting on line at 5am for the iPad like some other people around the US. It's a device without a niche for me right now.
Think what you will of it, however, the technology behind the iPad and similar devices is helping to redefine categories that have had relatively little innovation in centuries.
Take the book industry. Now, I love my Kindle and it's innovative enough, but it uses the same paradigm as a print book. It works for what I need (quick consumption and ease of travel), but it is limited.
The experience of the Kindle is okay. It could be smoother and reminds me of what Blackberrys were like about 5 years ago. Get your hands on a new Blackberry and you'll see what I am talking about. It's smooth and easier to use yet still functional. The Kindle will catch up quickly.
Now, think about what publishing can look like on a device that senses when you tilt it or when you touch it. Have a look:
The experience that new technology provides opens doors and lets us shift our thinking about old standards and the experience that can be delivered.
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